New York Knicks forward Julius Randle had to be restrained by teammates from confronting referee Scott Foster after the Knicks lost a close encounter 117-112 with the Brooklyn Nets.
Late on in the fourth quarter if last night’s NBA clash between the Brooklyn Nets and New York Knicks, the Nets were seeing their lead ebbing away as the Knicks began to hail them in. A close finish was certainly on the cards.
Julius Randle went up to shoot a game-tying three pointer and hit the basket, only for referee Scott Foster to call a travel penalty.
Randle was furious at the call, claiming, rightly so as replays showed, that Nets Kyrie Irving had touched the ball as Randle jumped into the air.
At the end of the game, which the Nets hung on to win 117-112, Randle had to be restrained by his teammates and team officials from confronting referee Foster.
Remember this day March 15th 2021 as the turning point for the Knicks franchise. Randle is about to rain down hell on everyone in his path. pic.twitter.com/pIrmU3rtAQ
— 𝙷𝙴𝙰𝙳𝙱𝙰𝙽𝙳 🆁🅾 (20-20) 👑🗽 (@RJBarrettEra) March 16, 2021
The Knicks forward’s actions, while perhaps ill-advised, were certainly understandable after a fantastic performance by the Knicks to come back in a game in which they looked dead and buried at one point, trailing by 12 at the end of the third quarter.
Randle himself hit 33 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in what was a fantastic individual performance by the forward. It was his fourth 30/10/5 game with the Knicks and only Carmelo Anthony has had more since the year 2000.
Julius Randle tonight:
It’s his fourth 30/10/5 game with the Knicks, only Carmelo Anthony had more since 2000 with five. pic.twitter.com/7PbcRZasNI
— StatMuse (@statmuse) March 16, 2021
Little wonder then that his anger at the dubious call spilled over at the end of the game with reports of a chair or two being smashed as Randle headed into the locker room.
For the Nets, Kyrie Irving top scored with 34 points, but James Harden also put in a fine performance hitting 21 points as well as 15 rebounds and 15 assists as the duo continued to propel the Nets towards the top of the Eastern Conference where they still trail the 76ers by a game.
Other Games From Monday
Other games from Monday saw the Detroit Pistons miserable season continue with a 99-109 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. That was the fourth loss in a row for the Pistons and that leaves them well adrift at the foot of the Eastern Conference.
The Spurs, in contrast, moved up to 7th in the Western Conference on the back of that win.
The Dallas Mavericks good run came to an end as the LA Clippers got back to winning ways with a 109-99 win over their rivals. The Denver Nuggets were comfortable winners over the Indiana Pacers 121-106.
Two other teams chasing the Western Conference title were in action too last night and both picked up valuable wins with the Phoenix Suns beating the Memphis Grizzlies 122-99 and the Los Angeles Lakers earning a comfortable 128-97 win over the Golden State Warriors.
Tuesday’s Key NBA Matches
There’s a number of key games tonight in the NBA too starting with a big one in New England where the Boston Celtics take on the Utah Jazz with both teams challenging at the top end of their respective conferences.
Other games see the Miami Heat take on the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Houston Rockets seeking to end their 16-game losing streak against the Atlanta Hawks. Eastern Conference toppers The Philadelphia 76ers face the New York Knicks while the Chicago Bulls face the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The other two matches see Portland Trail Blazers face the New Orleans Pelicans and the Los Angeles Lakers taking on the Minnesota Timberwolves.
With things heating up nicely in both conferences, especially in the Eastern Conference where six of the top eight teams have won all of their last four games or more, it promises to be an intriguing night of action.